13. What is a Bodhisattva?
Ven Jianchengshi [+]
In Sanskrit, bodhi means “awakening” and sattva refers to a sentient being. In a narrow sense, the term “bodhisattva” is primarily restricted to the historical Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, in his numerous previous lives before accomplishing buddhahood. Broadly speaking, a bodhisattva can refer to any sentient being who has vowed to pursue the path to buddhahood, which is called the bodhisattva path.